Hearing Debates Need For Conscience Protections

Members of Congress have been told that government policies increasingly are forcing religious groups and individuals to violate their moral convictions.

At a House hearing, Bishop William Lori said Roman Catholic hospitals and charities are losing government contracts for refusing to include abortion, contraception and gay adoption in the social services they provide.

Colby May of the American Center for Law and Justice said victories for gay rights are costing people of faith their religious rights.

But the Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said states that ban gay marriage are violating the religious freedom of clergy who want to perform same-sex weddings.

Democrats at the hearing questioned the need for conscience exemptions from abortion mandates and anti-discrimination laws.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    Looking at the constitution....freedom of religion not freedom from religion...do people really know the difference? Have you parents raised these idiots or where do they come from?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    I thought liberals insisted that there was a separation of church and state. Doesn't this infringe on that? Since liberals believe in seperation of church and state, then LEAVE THESE CHURCHES ALONE. They have the RIGHT not to be interfered with by the government.
  • by Huh? on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM
    Do you see how sticky things are getting? You allow one or two sacreligious/immoral practices to become acceptable and the whole system starts backing up, like a sewage system at a Woodstock concert.
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